Archive for June, 2010

The Body And Soul, By Ibn Al-Qayyim

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

The body of the son of Adam was created from the earth and his soul from the government of Heaven and then they were joined.

If he is hungry, stays awake, and keeps his body busy in serving Allah, his soul will find itself lighter and more peaceful so that it would long for the place from which it was created and miss its heavenly world. But if he secures food, blessings, sleep, and rest, the body will incline to remain at the place from which it was created and the soul would be pulled along with it and be in a prison.

If it was not for the fact that it would get used to that prison, it would ask for help, as a tortured person does, to find relief from the pain resulting from the separation and departure from its own world from which it was created.

[Al-Fawaa'id: A Collection of Wise Sayings]

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Hooking Up With A Chick For $100 Dollars At The Night Club Is Islamic! Says Shi’ah Scholar Ar-Roohaani

Posted in Shiasm Exposed with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

Please note this is a fatwa by a Shi’ah…

Question:

One time I went to a Night Club and a Prostitute asked for $100 and I paid her and she said: “I give you my whole body for Mutah(pleasure) in exchange for this amount, But only for one day“. Can I consider this Islamic Mutah Marriage?

Answer:

If from what she said, she meant setting up marriage and you said to yourself “I accept this for myself” Then this would be lawful Mutah Marriage.

[By Grand "Ayatullah" ar-Roohani]

Original Arabic:

السؤال: مرة ذهبت إلى نادي ليلي، حيث طلبت عاهرة مني مبلغ 100$ دفعت لها و قالت لي: متعتك بجسدي كله مقابل هذه النقود. لكن لمدة يوم واحد فقط هل اعتبر ذلك زواج متعة؟

الجواب: باسمه جلت اسمائه

اذا کان ما قالت بقصد انشاء الزواج و انت قلت بعد ذلک قبلت لنفسی هکذا؛ یکون ذلک زواج متعة.

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Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa billaah!

Coming Late To A Seminar And Greeting Those Seated, By Ibn Uthaymeen

Posted in Adab (Manners), Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Uthaymeen was asked:

If a person comes to a lecture late, what is more preferred, (a) that he gives the greetings (of salaam) upon entering, or (b) is it better that he sits without greeting?

The Noble Shaykh responded by saying:

“It is preferred that he does not give the greeting if this will cause an interruption in the lesson or cause disturbance. But if it will not cause any interruption or disturbance, then giving the greeting is legislated upon every person that approaches a gathering, and due to this, it is preferred to give the greeting. If a person does give the greeting, then it is sufficient that only one person from those who are already in the gathering respond.”

[Shaykh Muhammad Bin Saalih Al-Uthaymeen, Fataawa Islaamiyyah 1/175]

The Difference Between A Picture And A Photograph, Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

“…Any pictures that are carved out of wood or rock, or made of mud or clay or anything similar, are all forbidden if they are images of living creatures that have souls because of their imitation of the Creation of Allah – the Mighty and Majestic. And in the authentic hadith is that the Messenger of Allah cursed the image-makers, and to be cursed is to be expelled and far-removed from the Mercy of Allah. And in the hadith qudsi also is that Allah – the Exalted – said:

And who is more oppressive than the one who went and created as I have Created! So, let them create an atom, or let them create a mustard seed, or let them create a fiber.

And also, in the authentic hadith: “The people who will be tortured most on the Day of Resurrection are the image-makers who imitate the Creation of Allah. It will be said to them: ‘Bring life to what you have made.’

And the proofs for this are many, and from the image-making that this warning applies to – according to the strongest opinion – is that which takes place when a human being draws an image of a creature with a soul by hand. This falls under the image-making that is warned against, and it is a sin from amongst the major sins.

As for the image-making that takes place using instant cameras, this does not appear to fall under this, because the photographer does not draw out or try to imitate the Creation of Allah. Because of this, if some people are presented with a photograph that has been taken, you will not find them saying: ‘How good is this photographer! How excellent is he!’ But, if they are presented with a hand-drawn picture that closely resembles what was being drawn, they will say: ‘How good is this artist! How excellent is he!’ So, this proves that there is a difference between drawing the picture by hand and taking it using a camera.

And this is also proven by the fact that if a person writes something by hand and a photocopy is made of it, the people will not ascribe this writing to the one who made the photocopy of it. Rather, they will ascribe it to the one who originally wrote it, and people still preserve copyrights in this manner. They would not say that this person who made the photocopy did a good job of copying the writing precisely using this innovative technology. In fact, a blind man can be given this task, or a man can perform this task in the dark.

However, if a man copies the handwriting of the original writer by hand so that the people think that it was the original writing itself, the people would then say: ‘How innovative he is! How excellent he is! How did he copy this handwriting so precisely?’ And with the likes of these examples, it becomes clear that photographic imagery is not image-making that can be truly ascribed to the one who took the picture, and it cannot be said that this is imitation of the Creation of Allah because he did not create anything.

And to in order to say that photographs are allowed, a condition must be met that they do not lead to what is forbidden, because the permissible things that lead to the forbidden are in turn forbidden. The means have the ruling of the ends. So, for example, we do not see that it is allowed for a person to take these pictures in order to preserve memories because of what this contains of possession of a picture that we fear might fall under the saying of the Prophet: “The Angels do not enter a house in which there is a picture.

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Suggestions For Seminar/Conference Organisers

Posted in Brothers Base, Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

1) Make sure flyers are passed out early.

2) Make sure the audience is aware of what is being taught prior to the lectures/lessons.

3) Try to keep the timings according to what is mentioned on the program schedules.

4) Try to distribute photocopied study materials before the lessons.

5) Attempt to make 2 separate rooms for females, 1 room for sisters with children, the other for sisters with no children.

6) Don’t allow vending during lecture timings.

7) Announce all lectures 10 mins. before the lecture begins, this will allow people to gather in the lecture hall early.

8) Encourage the brothers staying in the hotel to perform Salaat in congregation, especially Salaatul Fajr.

9) Don’t hesitate to make necessary changes during the seminar if needed.

10) Distribute a feedback questionnaire on the last day of the conference in order to review the community’s opinion and make necessary changes in the future.

[Taken from 'Clear Advice For Benefiting From Islaamic Lectures', p. 73]

Suggestions For Those Attending Seminars/Conferences

Posted in Knowledge, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

1) Make your intention for attendance sincerely to benefit yourself in your religion.

2) Lower your gaze when walking through the halls and at all times. Indeed one of the elements that assist a student in his quest for knowledge is taqwa.

3) Purchase all the material needed (books, notebooks, pens, recorders, etc) before attending the conference.

4) Find a group of righteous individuals to review with during breaks and at night.

5) Do not gather with others except that there is some religious benefit mentioned.

6) Try to sit close to the speaker; this is encouraged in the famous hadeeth of Jibreel (as).

7) If you find yourself falling asleep during a lecture, change your sitting place.

8) The student should review the information taught before going to sleep at night and in the morning. This will help a person to preserve what he heard during the day. It is noticed that many people spend the night chatting with their friends; this is a major hindrance in the path of the student of knowledge  and is alos a reason why a person finds it difficult to perform Salaatul Fajr in congregation.

9) After the conference os over and a person returns home, it is important that for the next few days or weeks, the student reviews all of the knowledge taught. The notebook should not be placed on the bookshelf, never to be touched until the following year. The only way a person truly benefits is when he reviews the past information efficiently.

An Important Piece Of Advice For Sisters Attending Seminars/Lectures:

10) Sisters with children should take turns taking care of each other’s children.

For example, 4 sisters (A, B, C, D) would like to attend the lesson, but all of them have children. They should divide the lectures daily.

Sister A takes all the kids for the first lesson while sisters B, C and D attend. Sister B takes the children for the second lesson while sisters A, C and D attend. If the sisters follow this method, inshaa Allaah, all will benefit.

And at night once all the children are asleep, all the sisters can gather and share the missed notes (and of course, adjustments can be made to this suggestion to suit specific needs).

[Taken from 'Clear Advice For Benefiting From Islaamic Lectures', Pp. 73-74]

Taking Books As Your Scholar

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Uthaymeen was asked as to what he says about the statement: “Whoever takers his books as scholars, his mistakes are more than accuracy“?

He (rahimahullaah) responded thus:

As for the statement: “Whoever takers his books as scholars…” This is not completely true, nor is it completely mistaken. As for the person who takes knowledge from any book he sees, then there is no doubt that this person will error much.

But as for the individual who focuses on the books of the well known, trustworthy, knowledgeable people, then this individual will not error much, but rather, he will be correct in most of what he transmits.

[Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al-Uthaymeen, Majmoo' Al-Fataawa, 26/197]

Which Is Better, Seeking Knowledge Or Night Qiyaam? By Ibn Uthaymeen

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

Question:

Which is better, seeking knowledge or standing in night prayer?

Answer:

Seeking knowledge is better than standing in night prayer, because seeking knowledge, as it was mentioned by Imaam Ahmad (may Allaah have mercy upon him):

Nothing compares to seeking knowledge, for the person who has corrected his intention. He intends to remove ignorance from himself and from others.

Thus, if a person stays up the first part of the night seeking knowledge sincerely for the face of Allaah, whether he is learning or teaching the people, then this action is better than standing in night prayer. However, if a person has the ability to combine between the aforementioned matters (seeking knowledge and the night prayer), then this is preferred. It is because of this that the Prophet (saw) instructed Abu Hurairah to perform the Witr prayer before going to sleep.

The Scholars mentioned the Messenger of Allaah (saw) advised Abu Hurairah to perform Witr prayer before going to sleep because Abu Hurairah would spend a large portion of the night reviewing the narrations he heard from the Messenger of Allaah (saw).

[Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al-Uthaymeen, Majmoo' Al-Fataawa 26/50]

Arrogance And Pride

Posted in Brothers Base, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , on June 27, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

Abu Bakr said: “Let not any Muslim belittle another Muslim, for the lowest of the Muslims is great in the Sight of Allah.

Wahb (bin al-Munabbih) said: “When Allah Created the Garden of Eden, He looked to it and said: “You are forbidden for every arrogant person!”

al-Ahnaf bin Qays used to sit with Mus’ab bin az-Zubayr on his sleeping mat and talk. One day, he came to find Mus’ab extending his feet forward, so, he pushed his legs aside to make room for himself to sit. When he saw the signs of displeasure on Mus’ab’s face from this, he said: “How strange is the son of Adam! He is arrogant while he was originated from an organ that transports urine!

al-Hasan (al-Basri) said: “I wonder at the son of Adam! He uses his hand to wash himself from his waste once or twice a day, yet he seeks to compete with the All-Mighty?

Muhammad bin al-Husayn bin ‘Ali said: “The heart of a person is never afflicted with the slightest bit of arrogance except that his intelligence and sanity is decreased because of that in accordance with how much of that arrogance has entered his heart.

Sulayman was asked about a bad deed that cannot be wiped away with a good dead, so he replied: “Arrogance.”

‘Umar bin ‘Abd al-’Aziz went for Hajj before he became the khalifah, and Tawus saw him walking with a slight swing in his walk that he thought looked boastful. So, he went up to ‘Umar and nudged him in his side, saying to him: “Is this the walk of one whose stomach carries waste?

Muhammad bin Wasi’ saw his son acting boastful, so, he called him over and said: “Do you know who you are? As for your mother, then I purchased her for a mere one hundred dirhams. As for your father, then may Allah not increase his likes amongst the Muslims!

Mutraf bin ‘Abdullah saw al-Muhallab walking in a new overcoat he had bought, looking pleased with himself. So, he said to him: “O Abu ‘Abdullah! This is a type of walking that is hated by Allah and His Messenger!” So, al-Muhallab said to him: “Do you have any idea who I am?” So, Mutraf replied: “I know exactly who you are: your beginning is in the form of a tiny clot of sperm and egg, and your end is in the form of a rotten corpse!” So, al-Muhallab abandoned that type of walking from then on.

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From The Rulings Of Ahl Adh-Dhimmah, Ibn Al-Qayyim

Posted in Brothers Base, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

1) Honoring the Muslims in their gatherings, and to not plot against them, and to not enter upon them without their permission, and to not act impolitely or disrespectfully in their presence, and to greet them with the best of greetings, and to not extend their feet or raise their voices in their presence.

2) To rise for the Muslims in their own gatherings; meaning: if they enter upon us (the people of dhimmah) while we are in a gathering, then we get up from our places and offer them to the Muslims instead, so that they would have the best spots and we would have the farthest.

And this includes gatherings that are both mixed (containing Muslims and non-Muslims) as well as exclusive (only non-Muslims). So, if they enter upon them in their churches, for example, then they are to get up from their places and sit them (the Muslims) down in their place.

3) They are not to live in a residence that is in any way elevated above the residence of the Muslims. This is clear in that they are not to be above them even in their places of residence; so, they are not to live in an abode that is elevated above that of a Muslim because this is a form of dominance over them, and this is what we worship Allah by and do not believe in anything other than it: that it is not perceivable that they are to be above the Muslims in any way, shape, or form.

[Taken from 'Ahkam Ahl Adh-Dhimmah', by Ibn Al-Qayyim, p. 527]

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“Am I one of the oppressors…?”

Posted in Brothers Base, Inspirational Stories, Miscellaneous, Words Of Wisdom with tags , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by TheAuthenticBase

When Ahmad bin Hambal was imprisoned, one of the prison guards came to him and asked him:

O Abu ‘Abdillah! The hadith that is narrated regarding the oppressors and those that aid them – is it authentic?

He said: “Yes.”

The prison guard then said: “So, I am considered to be an aide of the oppressors?

Imam Ahmad replied: “No. The aides of the oppressors are those that comb your hair, and wash your clothes, and prepare your meals, and buy and sell from you. As for you, then you are one of the oppressors themselves!

['Manaqib al-Imam Ahmad', by Ibn al-Jawzi, p. 397]

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